WOMEN who aren’t getting enough sleep risk looking pale, spotty, puffy and washed out, experts have revealed.
While it’s recommended we get eight hours of sleep a night, most adults rarely make this target and function on much less.
A poll of 2,000 women found three quarters weren’t getting enough shut eye, with a fifth getting less than five hours a night.
The study, by skincare brand YourGoodSkin, revealed the average woman gets just six-and-a-half hours kip a night, with seven in ten admitting they saw a difference in their skin after a lack of sleep.
While the odd late night isn’t a problem, chronic sleep deprivation over long periods of time can lead to a negative impact on our skin.
Some 56 per cent confessed they thought a lack of sleep left them looking "pale and washed out", with a fifth saying it made their skin more prone to break outs and spots.
And 30 per cent reported puffy skin after not sleeping well, with a tenth saying their skin was more sensitive.
And possibly making the situation worse, 36 per cent said they’d apply more make-up to hide things such as dark circles.
Dr Eleanor Bradley, skincare scientific advisor for YourGoodSkin, which carried out the study to launch the Cica Repair Sleep Paste, said: “Our research shows that lack of sleep affects women’s skin and can leave them feeling less able to face their day.
"As well as having a detrimental effect on mood, outlook and ability to carry out normal tasks, it can also affect the quality of your skin.
"The phrase ‘beauty sleep’ really is just that – and while nothing can make you feel as bright and calm as a good night sleep, there are some ways women can work towards combating the effects of sleep deprivation.”
Negative effects of a poor night's sleep
- Looking tired
- Having dark circles under eyes
- Looking pale and washed out
- Looking older
- Skin looking dry
- Face looking and feels puffy
- Getting more spots/breakouts
- Skin feeling more sensitive
Despite fears over their skin, just over half of women who took part in the OnePoll study admitted they didn’t have a night-time skincare routine.
Dr Guy Meadows, from The Sleep School, added: "Sleep is when our skin cells actively grow and repair themselves in response to the wear and tear of the day.
"Scientific research now confirms that a lack of sleep accelerates the aging process by reducing the time available for essential skin repair.
"This research highlights a worrying trend among society at large, whereby most of us are regularly getting less than the required seven to eight hours of sleep per night, despite knowing its benefits.
''Making sleep a priority in our lives is essential for maintaining our mental, emotional and physical health, which includes keeping our skin healthy and balanced."
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